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Father of Orlando mass shooter attends Clinton rally (and has a good seat)



WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, attended Monday's Hillary Clinton rally in Kissimmee when one of its reporters noticed the man in the red hat sitting behind the stage in full view of the cameras.

Turns out it was Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen. As Clinton was talking about the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, just 30 minutes from Kissimmee, the father of the gunman sat in the crowd. Pretty surreal stuff.

Reporter Tory Dunnan caught up to Mateen after the speech. "We've been cooperating with the federal government, and that's about it," he told Dunnan. "Thank you."   

But later, Dunnan and her photographer ran into him by chance at a rest stop on the way back to West Palm Beach. This time, Mateen wanted to talk more about why he was there.

"Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions," he said.

Check out Dunnan's report here.

UPDATE: The Clinton campaign provided this statement: "The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public. This individual wasn't invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event." 





[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 11:26am]


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